Podunk Guard Station is located next to the East Fork Sevier River, in the Dixie National Forest in southern Utah. The cabin was constructed in 1928 and has been used by generations of Forest Service employees.
Guests enjoy exploring local trails on foot, horseback, mountain bike and off-road vehicle. The river offers fishing and swimming opportunities.
The two-room cabin can sleep six people on two, twin-size bunk beds located in the bedroom, and a double-size futon in the living room. No linens or bedding are provided.
The kitchen is equipped with a propane stove and oven, a table and chairs. No pots, pans, dishes or utensils are available. Guests must bring their own cooking and eating euipment. A wood stove is provided for heat. The cabin has seasonal water running water in the kitchen sink only (when temperatures are freezing the water will be turned off).
A vault toilet, picnic table and campfire ring are located outside.
Potable water is not guaranteed to be available at the cabin year-round; guests must bring their own supply. As of 5/18/21, potabale water has been turned on. Water is generally turned on to the cabin in the spring, avaialable at the kitchen sink, it is supplied from a local spring on site. The water is tested through a state approved lab during the operational season. The water will be turned off if there are unforseen issues with the system and thus not guaranteed to be available.
Please bring garbage bags; this is a 'pack it in, pack it out' facility.
Limited cleaning supplies are provided; visitors must do minimal cleaning.
No linens or services are provided.
Pets are not allowed inside the cabin.
Non-electric cabin - no electricity or power is provided. It is recommended to bring battery powered laterns and lighting for your needs.
Non-flushing bathroom buidling, near cabin, walking distance, toilet paper is provided.
Please be prepared. Limited supplies are available on site, please be prepared with all of your own supplies.
Door entrance code is required to enter cabin. Code should be included in reservation letter. For questions please contact Rec.gov or call the Ranger Station at 435-676-9300 during normal operating hours Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m MT.
Please do not lock or block the cabin road entrance gate. If guest locks the gate, the lock will be removed.
Check out 12:00 p.m. and Check in is 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy your visit!
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in effect June 30, 2021
To reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires due to high fire danger and increased levels of recreational use the following acts are prohibited on all National Forest System (NFS) lands within the Dixie National Forest:
The Following acts are prohibited until further notice:
1. Igniting, building, attending, using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, wood stove fire, including fires in developed campgrounds and improved sites. All debris burning is strictly prohibited. No campfires are allowed in any location until restrictions are rescinded
2. Discharging or using any kind of fireworks on state and federal lands
3. Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order as determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practices J335 and J350
4. Operating a chainsaw or other motorized equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, other than motorized vehicles between the hours of 1:00 PM and 10:00 PM. A one-hour fire watch is required after chainsaw or other motorized equipment has shutdown
5. Detonating of explosives, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnics, or exploding targets, or tracer ammunition on federal land
6. Cutting, welding, or grinding of metal in areas of dry vegetation
7. Smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site or areas of a minimum of three (3) feet in diameter cleared down to mineral soil
This site will not accomodate motor homes or camp trailers.
The cabin sits in a narrow mountain valley just above the meandering East Fork Sevier River. The meadow is surrounded by mature spruce trees, and grasses and willow thickets line the riverbanks.
Average summer temperatures range from 74 degrees during the day to 42 degrees at night. September temperatures range from 68 to 37 degrees; October temperatures range from 57 to 27 degrees.
Tropic Reservoir is 8.5 miles north of the cabin. Boating, canoeing and fishing are popular activities. Anglers fish for brook, rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. A boat ramp is located on the west side of the reservoir.
Recreational opportunities in the area include hiking, mountain biking, off-roading and fishing. The Paunsaugunt, Fremont and Great Western OHV Trail Systems can be accessed easily from the guard station.
225 E CENTER ST BOX 80 PANGUITCH UT 84759-0080
From Panguitch, turn onto State Highway 89 and travel 7 miles to State Highway 12. Drive 8 miles on Highway 12 to East Fork Road/Forest Road 30087. The sign at this junction will say, "Tropic Reservoir - 8 miles." Travel south on this well-maintained, two-lane dirt road for 16 miles. Podunk Guard Station will be on the east side of the road.
From Bryce Canyon National Park, travel on Highway 12 for 5 miles to East Fork Road/Forest Road 30087. The sign at this junction will say, "Tropic Reservoir - 8 miles." Travel along this well-maintained, two-lane dirt road for 16 miles. Podunk Guard Station will be on the east side of the road.